BRIDGEWATER, Va. – On Thursday, January 31, the Bridgewater Eagles women's basketball team will host a "Black Out" game for its contest with Washington and Lee. All gate receipts will go to benefit the Melanoma Research Foundation.
The women's basketball team asks that all fans wear black and help the Eagles in their quest to "Beat the Beast" - Melanoma.
"We decided this year to change up our focus a bit," said head coach Jean Willi. "There is a lot of focus each year on breast cancer awareness with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, but we felt that there were other causes that deserved equal attention so we chose the Melanoma Research Foundation because there are so many people that are affected by this form of cancer as well."
Melanoma primarily affects individuals in the prime years of life, is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old. One in 50 Americans has a lifetime risk of developing Melanoma. If not caught early, melanoma is known to be the most deadly of all skin cancers.
Door prizes will be given away with the first 250 fans in attendance receiving a free pen, pad and awareness wristband. Donations will be accepted at the door or by contacting Willi at firstname.lastname@example.org, or assistant coach Cyndi Justice at email@example.com.